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Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity featured Amelia's story in their Valentine Day 2011 fundraising project.

 
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Amelia open water swim

 

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Open water swimming is different from swimming in the pool. Open water swimming can be in the lakes and in the seas. Some people “feel safer” swimming in the pool than in the lakes or seas. In the swimming pool, you can see everything and you know exactly what in there whereas in the lakes or seas, swimmers are open to uncertainty.

All open water swimmers learn how to sight while they swim without stopping. Sighting is to see where you are going and whether you are heading toward to the right direction.

Open water swimmers normally would figure out what they are going to use as direction reference point before they get into the water, some use a tree, buoyant, stationery ship etc basically whatever works for them.

Amelia started learning endurance swimming in 2013 when she decided to do triathlon races. She feels uncomfortable and turns back when she was about to cross toward the deep end side of the swimming pool. She scared that she may sink.

Amelia ventured into swimming in the lake at Wraybury. The experienced open water swim coach gave survival tips to make Amelia feels safe, as follows.

  • Wetsuit helps her to stay afloat. She just needs to relax her body.
  • How she could make herself sink in the water and pop up to surface fast.
  • How she could make her body stay warm in the cold water.

Since then Amelia shows tremendous improvement in swimming pool, she can swim up and down 30 metres pool very comfortably. Amelia said swimming in the lake is scarier than swimming in the pool. She does not feel scared swimming in the pool any more. Well done, Amelia!

 
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Contributions made by Amelia, her parents together with the sponsor:

Total Donations raised for charities £2,039.92

For Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Charity and The Sick Children Trust by participating in the following activities:

  • SwissAlpine Kids Run 1.4km 2015 by Amelia
  • Henley On Thames Kids Triathlon by Amelia herself 2014
  • Westminster Mile Run by Amelia herself 2014
  • Fun Triathlon by Amelia herself 2013
  • 2010 Bupa London 10000.
  • British Heart Foundation Hyde Park Jogs 2010
  • 2011 Adidas Women's 5k Challenge at Hyde Park London.
  • Climb Mount Kinabalu expedition on 1 December 2011.
  • Bupa London 10K 2012

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